Notes on the Atrocities
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Monday, May 03, 2004  

Joe Conason has a nice interview with Joseph Wilson on Salon this morning. It's a marked contrast to the sensational fluff of Dateline--more for the wonks among us. (If you don't know who Joe Wilson is, start here.) Interesting comments from the interview:

On who leaked the name of Wilson's wife:
[T]here was a meeting in the middle of March 2003, chaired by either [the vice president's chief of staff] Scooter [Libby] or the vice president ... at which a decision was made to get a "work-up" on me. That meant getting as much information about me as they could: about my past, about my life, about my family. This, in and of itself, is abominable.

On Bob Novak, who accidentally "outed" Wilson's CIA wife
With respect to the rest of the press, there's got to be some bottom below which you don't sink in terms of sleazy reporting. I don't think that this met the test of fair and balanced coverage. Novak tried to portray me as some Clinton appointee, when the only political appointment I'd ever received was from George H.W. Bush. By and large the press, in reporting on this case, felt a genuine fear about this White House.

Random observation
If you're fiscally responsible, this is not your party. If you believe in a moderate foreign policy characterized by alliances, free trade and the ability to operate in an international environment, this is not your party. If you believe in limited federal government, this is not your party. If you believe that the government should stay out of your bedroom, this is very definitely not your party. In fact, I would argue that unless you believe in the American imperium, imposed on the world by force, or unless you believe in the literal interpretation of the Book of Revelations, this is not your party.

posted by Jeff | 11:11 AM |
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